Banksy's Immigrant Dream

Univision, Time Warner Cable, Discovery Networks, Telefutura, MTV Tr3s, CBS and other non-TV news from Latino Loop

Published on LatinoLA: February 25, 2011

Banksy's Immigrant Dream

British street artist Banksy debuted his take on the yellow traffic signs cautioning motorists about immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing the highway. Banksy added a kite to the design transforming the message of the sign into a family running towards their dreams.

Twelve taxi drivers and passengers were killed over the weekend in Acapulco after a string of attacks. The Mexican Open tennis tournament began on Monday in Acapulco despite the violence.

Univision's Premios Lo Nuestro took place last week in Miami. Wisin y Yandel, Camila and Prince Royce were among the big winners of the night.

Fast Company named Terra one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music alongside Pandora, Coca Cola and Arcade Fire.

117 people were injured in Peru last weekend when metal bleachers at a soccer stadium collapsed right before a youth championship game.

Anti-immigration activist Shawna Forde was sentenced to death this week for killing nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, Raul Flores, in a botched burglary attempt. Flores mother, Gina Gonzales, was also shot, but survived the attack.

According to data from the National Statistics Insitute, the Mexican economy grew by 5.5% last year, its fastest annual rate in 10 years, with growth in manufacturing among the leading contributors.

USC scientists have been conducting research in a village of little people in Southern Ecuador and recently published an article theorizing why the population almost never get cancer or diabetes, attributing it to their mutated growth genes.

Hans Zimmer is teaming up with Rodrigo y Gabriela to score the new installment of Disney's "Pirates of the Carribbean" franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". The film and soundtrack are slated for release in May.

The Indiana-based Hacienda restaurant chain has pulled controversial billboards referencing the 1978 Jonestown cult massacre. The billboards stated, "We're like a cult with better Kool-Aid," over a glass containing a mixed drink and the tagline "To die for!"

Time Warner Cable signed at long-term agreement with the Lakers for the 2012-2013 season. Time Warner will launch the nation's first Spanish-language regional sports network with its own dedicated production of game telecasts and unique content tailored to Spanish-speaking fans.

Jessica Alba announced that she is pregnant with her second child with husband Cash Warren.

Ivan Bargueiras is now GM of Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group.

Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas premiered its new weekly music-variety show, "Studio Tr3s", last week featuring an intimate performance by Ricky Martin.

CBS is producing a yet-to-be-titled sitcom pilot starring Rob Schneider. Schneider's character marries into a large Mexican-American family and the pilot is said to be based on Schneider's real-life relationship with fiancee Patricia.

Target, Toyota, T-Mobile and Burger King have all signed on as sponsors of the new mun2 series "I Love Jenni", which debuts March 5th. The sponsorships will be featured on-air as well as online via mun2.tv.

Telefutura garnered the second-largest Hispanic sports telecast for the 2010-2011 TV season with its broadcast of Mexico vs. Bosnia soccer game on Feb. 9th. According to Nielsen data, the game average 2.6 million viewers.

Eva Longoria and Ervin Santana will both serve as Honorary Chairs for the Padres Contra el Cancer Stand for HOPE! 5K Charity Run/Walk. The event takes place at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on February 28th from 8-11 AM.

Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas premiered the sixth season of "Quiero Mis Quinces" this week.

"Waste Land", a look at people who scavenge for recyclables in the world's largest garbage dump in Brazil, premieres on PBS on April 19th. The story is told from the perspective of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who is now based in Brooklyn.

The Live Nation Latino Showcase at SXSW will take place on March 19th at Barbarella Patio featuring performances by Monareta, Doctor Krapula, Skampida, Sonidero Mestizo (Rocco from Maldita Vecindad and his wife Moyenei), Gustavo Galindo and others.

The Pew Hispanic Center released updated statistical profiles of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the U.S. based on 2009 Census Bureau data. Topics covered include age, geographic dispersion, nativity, citizenship, origin, language proficiency, racial self-identification, living arrangements, marital status, fertility, schooling, health insurance coverage, earnings, poverty and other labor market outcomes. www.pewhispanic.org

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